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Japan Center, San Francisco

The Japan Center is a shopping center in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened in March 1968 and was originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. It is composed of three malls: the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall. Anchor tenants include Books Kinokuniya and Sundance Kabuki Cinema.The Fuki-ya restaurant owned by Junko and Richard K. Diran is said to have been the first Robatayaki restaurant in the United States.The architecture of the site, created by Minoru Yamasaki, has been described as "Brutalist slabwork."San Francisco's Peace Pagoda is on the Japan Center site.
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  • Love this little Japanese mall and Japantown as a whole. I lived in Japan a few years as a child so I love everything Japanese. I was excited to come to this area and feel a little nostalgia and I was not disappointed. Buy some yummy desserts at one of the hospitable food stands and wander into the shops and look at all the wonder that is Japanese souvenirs and trinkets. Wish I could have stayed longer.
  • This was a large Japanese centered shopping area. Well worth checking out. If you plan to eat food the wait times can get very long during peek times. But over all a very nice shopping center.
  • This place is a hidden gem. During the recession it looked like a ghost town, but in the last few years it’s bounced back. There lots amazing and unique shops, good food options and a small arcade. If you’re interested in Japanese culture then it’s a must see place!
  • I’ve been to both sides here and nearly every shop I have seen. From Benihana’s to Nippon Ya, this place has so much things to do. Though pricing here is in the moderately high zone, you should expect that from a shopping center this nice and unique. I’ve noticed many places come and go here and people range from friendly to aggressive, but overall, this place is a must-see if you’re into this culture and cuisine. Personally, the best place here is Benihana’s but it has a high wait and price tag, but it’s a great experience.
  • Lots of places to eat and shop. Lots of Japanese ceramics and dinnerware, fabric goods, and art. Beautiful view in the courtyard area (peace pagoda?). Great place to find a beckoning cat and yummy Japanese cuisine!
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